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Madison Bumgarner fans season-high 12 in win over Cubs
by Igor Mello |

Giants starter Madison Bumgarner twirled a gem Thursday night against the Cubs, striking out a season-high 12 for the win, improving to 14-9 on the season. The left-hander pitched seven strong innings and allowed three runs on seven hits and one walk. Of his 116 pitches, 79 were strikes.

Bumgarner has struck out nine-plus in three of his last four starts. Over that span covering 22 innings, he has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 3.17 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP over 27 starts (176 innings). His next start will come Tuesday at home against Colorado.

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Buster Posey shrugs off injury concern with four-hit game
by Igor Mello |

Giants catcher Buster Posey shrugged off any injury concerns, reaching base five times Thursday night at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.

Posey doubled in the third, homered in the fifth, singled in the seventh and doubled again in the ninth. He finished the game 4 for 4 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI in a 5-3 victory.He is hitting .284/.345/.438 with 14 homers and 59 RBI over 425 at-bats.

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Derek Holland could start Tuesday
by Chris Cwik |

Rangers pitcher Derek Holland could make his first start of the season Thursday against the Mariners, according to the Dallas Morning News

Holland was able to go 87 pitches during his most recent rehab start. Following the game, he declared himself ready to pitch in the majors. The club will need a fifth starter Tuesday with Yu Darvish sidelined. Holland is being considered for that start. 

Holland has been sidelined the entire season after having offseason surgery on his knee. 

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Will Middlebrooks forced to return Thursday
by Chris Cwik |

Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks returned to action Thursday against the Angels.

Middlebrooks replaced outfielder Yoenis Cespedes in the fourth inning. Cespedes left the game due to personal reasons. Middlebrooks wound up providing the only hit for Boston. He finished 1 for 2, with a double. Middlebrooks said his hamstring is not 100 percent, but he was able to play through the injury. 

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Yoenis Cespedes leaves due to 'family medical emergency'
by Chris Cwik |

Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game due to a "family medical emergency."

Manager John Farrell did not want to get into specifics regarding the issue out of respect to Cespedes. The club is hopeful that Cespedes will be able to play Friday. He was replaced by Will Middlebrooks in the fourth inning. 

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Steven Souza picks up a hit, RBI in first rehab game
by Chris Cwik |

Nationals outfielder Steven Souza knocked in a run during his first rehab game Thursday.

Souza went 1 for 2, with an RBI during the game. He struck out in his other plate appearance. He also managed to steal a base. Souza has been sidelined since August 9 due to a shoulder injury. 

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Stolmy Pimentel tosses scoreless inning on rehab
by Chris Cwik |

Pirates reliever Stolmy Pimentel tosssed a scoreless inning during a rehab start Thursday.

Pimental got the start for the Double-A club in Altoona. He threw a perfect inning, picking up one strikeout. Pimental threw nine pitches, seven of which were strikes. 

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Padres release Brooks Conrad
by Chris Cwik |

The Padres have released infielder Brooks Conrad .

Conrad was recently designated for assignment by the club. They chose to cut him loose instead of trying to send him to the minors. Conrad hit .100 over 30 at-bats in the majors. 

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Jesse Chavez, Drew Pomeranz being considered for spot start
by Chris Cwik |

Athletics pitchers Jesse Chavez and Drew Pomeranz are being considered for a spot start next week, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

The A's want to line up their pitching staff so that their top four pitchers will face off against the Angels in an upcoming series. The team would add either Chavez or Pomeranz for a spot start in this scenario. 

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Everth Cabrera could begin running Monday
by Chris Cwik |

Padres infielder Everth Cabrera will begin jogging Monday, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune

Cabrera is attempting to work his way back from a hamstring injury. He was able to take grounders and hit in the cages Thursday, but won't begin running until Monday. Cabrera hit .232/.272/.300 over 357 at-bats prior to the injury.

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